20 Years Later, Canceled Dune Game Resurfaces On Steam With A New Name

A canceled Dune game for the Game Boy Advance is now available for purchase on Steam–albeit without the official Dune license.

As spotted by The Spaceshipper on Twitter, what is now called Elland: The Crystal Wars originally began life in 2001 as Dune: Ornithopter Assault. The project was ultimately scrapped in 2002, but in an unexpected surprise, the game is now available for purchase on Steam, making it the first time the game has been publicly available.

“In 2001, development began on an ambitious Game Boy Advance game based on a popular franchise,” the game’s official Steam page reads. “Maybe the project was a little too ambitious, because it was canceled in 2002 and the team walked away. Twenty years later, this game finally sees the light of day, albeit without the original franchise license.”

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Author: Cameron Koch